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Malcolm Lewis Th’71
Malcolm Lewis Th’71. Photograph courtesy of Harvey Mudd College.

Malcolm Lewis Th’71, an internationally recognized expert in the design of energy-efficient buildings and the past chair of the board of trustees of Harvey Mudd College, died of bladder cancer October 13, 2012, at the age of 66. Lewis founded Constructive Technologies Group Inc., a consulting firm that provides support to building owners and designers to optimize the performance of new and existing buildings. Through his consulting work, Lewis educated architects, engineers, building owners, city planners, and utility workers about sustainability and building comfort and efficiency. Well known for his expertise in the design of sustainable buildings, Lewis was active in the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. He served as a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council from 1997 to 2002 and as chairman of the LEED Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2009. He oversaw more than 150 LEED-certified projects, and developed and delivered online training on energy efficiency and sustainability for multiple clients. A registered professional in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, Lewis served as the engineer of record for more than 25-million square feet of new construction and renovation projects for the public and private sectors. He managed sustainable design projects at a number of colleges and universities, and was the driving force behind the LEED certification of a resident hall and a dining complex at Harvey Mudd. “I love working with buildings,” Lewis said in 2002. “They are very tangible, almost everyone lives and works in them, they consume a huge fraction of our energy and natural resources, and they last for a very long time. So it is important to make good decisions before they are built.” He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy, children Holly and Geoff, and grandchildren Max, Chris, and Nick. More information about his life is available in his Harvey Mudd profile and in Building Green.

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